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Olympic skeleton champion Yarnold wins World Cup in Austria

Olympic skeleton champion Yarnold wins World Cup, Austria's Flock comes 3rd to lead standings

Canada's Elisabeth Vathje jumps on her skeleton during her first run in the women's Skeleton World Cup race in Igls, near Innsbruck, Saturday, Feb. 7,...
Winner Lizzy Yarnold from the United Kingdom celebrates after the women's Skeleton World Cup race in Igls, near Innsbruck, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. (AP...

Austria World Cup Skeleton

Canada's Elisabeth Vathje jumps on her skeleton during her first run in the women's Skeleton World Cup race in Igls, near Innsbruck, Saturday, Feb. 7,...

Austria World Cup Skeleton

Winner Lizzy Yarnold from the United Kingdom celebrates after the women's Skeleton World Cup race in Igls, near Innsbruck, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. (AP...

IGLS, Austria (AP) -- Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold of Britain overcame a poor start to her first run to win a women's World Cup race on Saturday.

Yarnold lost pace when her sled steered out of the groove before entering the track but she still finished the opening heat in fourth, 0.11 seconds behind leader Janine Flock of Austria.

Yarnold posted the fastest second-run time to claim victory, 0.18 ahead of Elisabeth Vathje of Canada. Flock trailed by 0.37 in third.

With two World Cup events remaining, Flock took the overall lead by one point ahead of Germany's Tina Hermann. Yarnold is 68 points back in third.

A men's competition is scheduled for later Saturday, while the women have another World Cup race on Sunday which will also count as the European Championship.


Updated : 2021-09-25 20:43 GMT+08:00